After years of a stinky situation, Plano neighborhood may freshen up

PLANO WORKING TO ELIMINATE SEWER SMELL

PLANO --- Construction is getting ready to start just outside Tami Stepp's backyard and she can't wait for the bulldozers to get to work.

"Yeah, normally this wouldn't be welcomed but I say bring it on," Stepp said.

Stepp and other neighbors are applauding the city of Plano for breaking ground on a problem that's been stinking up the neighborhood for years, sewer lines that are emitting nasty odors.

"Some days you can't even go outside," Stepp said.

Friday, city crews will begin digging up the lines and reconstructing them to alleviate the problem. Jerry Cosgrove, the director of public works, says he's been looking for solutions for years.

"We've tried a lot of things and it just didn't stick so we're going with a bigger approach," Cosgrove said.

The construction will cost about $1 million and will take about four months. Cosgrove says the smell isn't harmful to people's health and the city is monitoring levels, but he won't be satisfied until people are able to take a deep breath at home.

"It's not dangerous but it's not acceptable on my watch," Cosgrove said.

Stepp says the smells come and go, but it can be so bad she has to go inside.

"We love to be outdoors and it gets to the point where that's no possible," Stepp said.

Stepp says some neighbors are concerned about what the smell can do to property prices.

"You want to be transparent and tell people what they're getting into," Stepp said.

It's a worry she hopes she won't have to ponder much longer as crews dig for an answer.

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